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German official is wrong. Giving in to hate is not the answer to rising anti-Semitism

By Max Breene Editor-in-chief @maxbreene18 Felix Klein, a federal official in Germany responsible for combating anti-Semitism, warned German Jews against wearing kippas everywhere in public last week after a government report showed a 20% increase in anti-Semitic crimes since 2018. Klein has since clarified that his comments were meant to ...

Texas A&M professor visits UMD to talk about Nazi drinking rituals, war crimes

By Ryan Wu For Mitzpeh @Mitzpeh Dr. Edward B. Westermann, a history professor from Texas A&M University-San Antonio, said at a seminar at Taliaferro Hall last Wednesday that the Nazi drinking rituals during World War II helped facilitate the perpetuation of the Holocaust in the east. Westermann introduced the lecture by saying that ...

Holocaust survivor who found safety in China reflects on her journey to America

By Spencer Dobkin For Mitzpeh @Spencer_Dobkin   At first glance, Ilse Jacobs is like any normal 86-year-old living in Delray Beach, Florida: She lives near her family, goes on cruises and hates the snow up north. But Jacobs’ story is not like others, even though she did move south, and definitely hates snow. Jacobs is from ...

Why every student should pay a visit to the Holocaust Museum

By Deborah Brown Copy editor @Mitzpeh   On Sunday, Oct. 14, I was part of a group of 18 students from the College Park Scholars Justice and Legal Thought program who went to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. We left in the morning and returned after noon, which was plenty of time to walk through the ...

Why every Jew (and anyone, honestly) should visit a concentration camp at some point in life

By Jacqueline Hyman Editor-in-chief @jacqbh58 It’s a horrendous thing to witness. It’s uncomfortable, saddening, and haunting. And yet, visiting a concentration camp is an absolutely necessary experience. There are so many reasons people should visit at least one concentration camp in their lifetimes. For Jews, they’re a reminder ...

Polish law censoring Holocaust speech poor decision in turbulent political climate

By Jacqueline Hyman Editor-in-chief @jacqbh58 Views expressed in opinion columns are the author’s own. For hundreds of years, Jews have been the target of hate, violence and discrimination stemming from many root causes. From Christian anti-Semitism in the Middle Ages, to Russian pogroms in the 19th century, to the Holocaust, ...

Holocaust denier running for Congress should be condemned, defeated in November

By Max Breene News editor @maxbreene18 Views expressed in opinion columns are the author’s own. Come November, a Holocaust denier and neo-Nazi sympathizer could represent the GOP on the ballot in Illinois’s 3rd Congressional District. Arthur Jones, who has unsuccessfully run for the Republican nomination in the 3rd District five ...

German Jew rising in ranks of Miss Germany contest

By Hailey Philbin For Mitzpeh @haileyphilbin Views expressed in opinion columns are the author’s own. When I think of Germany, I think of warm, apple strudel, twisted pretzels, the Bavarian Alps, and, of course, a stein of cold beer. However, I also think of Germany’s complex history. The mid-20th century witnessed the rise of ...

Holocaust survivor leaves inspiring message to Hillel students

By Erin Garry For Mitzpeh @egarry12 Determination was the mentality that Barney Sidler needed to survive the Holocaust, and it was the overall message he instilled in students at Hillel on Monday night where he told his story of survival. Sidler, grandfather of senior Margo Bernhaut, was one of 11 family members to survive the Holocaust ...

Tasteless Anne Frank Halloween costume belittles horror of Holocaust

By Mitzpeh Staff @Mitzpeh As soon as Halloween ends, many children start counting down until the next October 31st. As Halloween gets closer, children look forward to trick-or-treating with friends, observing spirited decorations, and most of all, planning their costumes. There is little that can stand in the way of this Halloween spirit and ...